Public Health Ethics Training Materials
Good Decision Making in Real Time: Public Health Ethics Training for Local Health Departments
As part of CDC’s ongoing efforts to support state and local health departments, the Public Health Ethics Unit has developed a training manual to be used as a tool to strengthen public health ethics capacity at the local level. The manual includes an introduction to public health ethics, relevant case studies, suggestions for integrating ethics into health departments, and additional resources. The Student version of the manual may be downloaded here; the Facilitator version is available upon request.
Public Health Ethics Case Repository
Below are additional public health ethics cases that can be used in conjunction with the training manual – Good Decision Making in Real Time: Public Health Ethics Training for Local Health Departments:
- Emergency Preparedness: Impact of Regulatory Compliance and Resource Allocation Decisions on Laboratory Capacity
- Ensuring Biosafety/Biosecurity during a Public Health Emergency
- Short-course Zidovudine Compared to What? A Trial to Prevent Mother-to-Infant HIV Transmission
- Unsafe Injections: Duty to Warn?
- Use of Restraint and Physical Force by First Responders: Duty to Investigate and Educate?
- Ethical Considerations for Allocating Medical Countermeasures in an Anthrax Incident
Additional Training Options
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announce the availability of a Web-on-Demand e-Learning module, Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials
Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials
Public health officials regularly balance competing ethical and professional obligations (e.g., efficiently but fairly allocating scarce resources, respecting individual rights while safeguarding the public’s health, protecting underserved and marginalized communities while engaging and sharing information in a transparent manner, and ensuring data confidentiality and individual privacy while conducting surveillance). The field of public health ethics provides a theoretical basis and practical frameworks for addressing challenges that commonly arise in public health practice. Because of the ethical challenges that public health officials face, there is an increasing need to demonstrate competence in public health ethics and an interest in public health ethics training. In order to address this need, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed a Web-on-Demand e-Learning module, Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials. This training will provide public health professionals with tools and practical examples to address ethical challenges that commonly arise in the practice of public health. The 1 hour 54 minute training presents the basics of public health ethics; examines the complementary role that ethics and law play in decision making; and reviews strategies for analyzing ethical issues, exploring the ethical dimensions of alternative courses of action, and justifying public health decisions. The training also presents an interactive case study that puts the learner in the role of a health official and walks through the steps of an ethical analysis using a real-life case scenario. This interactive case study will illustrate how to use ethics frameworks, such as the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health, developed by the Public Health Leadership Society, in the decision making process.
At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to:
- Define the field of public health ethics.
- Describe how to use ethical frameworks.
- Describe a common public health ethics challenge.
- Describe the process of case analysis.
- State how public health ethics and law can work together to address ethical challenges and impact decision making.
- Describe tools for helping public health officials make ethically informed choices, including illustrating the value of the case study approach.
- List specific ways to integrate ethical considerations in the day-to-day decision-making in public health departments.
- Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an inter-professional team of health care providers.
Public Health Ethics Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 404-639-7570, PHEthics@cdc.gov.
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You may participate in the educational activity through Web-on-demand streaming at http://www.naccho.org/university/ethics/
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